Passau to Vienna Self-Guided Cycling

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Cycling
Suitable for:
Age 15+
Activity level:
Leisurely
Activity Level: Leisurely
Trip code: 
C10PA
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
Self-Guided Cycling
Min age:
15

Cycle through a thousand years of history

The route from Passau, on Germany's eastern border, to Vienna is one of the most popular cycle paths in Europe, and it's no wonder! This stretch of the Danube carves its way through a thousand years of history; 60 dramatic castles and palaces lie along the river and the ever-changing landscape is a kaleidoscope of fertile plains, narrow gorges, lowland forests, bird-rich marshland and acres of picturesque vines.

Highlights

  • Gentle cycling on dedicated cycle paths alongside the Danube, one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe
  • Hilltop castles, Baroque palaces, historic abbeys, ornate monasteries
  • Sunflower fields, vineyards, peach and apricot orchards
  • Masses of culture: art galleries, Roman remains, 23,000-year-old sculptures
  • Eclectic mix of hotels from 15th century convents to riverfront mansions

Key information

  • 10 Nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • 6 Days cycling
  • Departs every 2 days
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Countries visited: Germany, Austria

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • High quality bike
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers

What's not included

  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplements
Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for private group trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

6

Days of Cycling
Day by day breakdown
Day 223.0km/14.0miles
Day 327.0km/17.0miles
Day 460.0km/37.0miles
Day 550.0km/31.0miles
Day 739.0km/24.5miles
Day 941.0km/26.0miles
Day 1022.0km/13.5miles

Itinerary

Passau
to
Vienna
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Passau

    Arrive at your riverfront hotel and then enjoy dinner in the heart of the old town tonight.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 2

    Passau to Schlogen

    After receiving your bike and welcome brief, pedal east to Obernzell, famous for pottery, before popping into the Keramicmuseum in a riverside castle. The scent of wood smoke and grilled trout may tempt you into lunch as you cross into Austria where the valley is steeper and cloaked with oak woods. On reaching the hotel, relax in the pool before dinner on the terrace watching passenger boats sparkling with fairy lights cruise past.

    Cycling distance either 23km/14.5mi or 47km/29.5mi

    Comfortable Hotel

     

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Schlogen to Aschach (Linz)

    Spot kingfishers today in the Donauschlinge Nature Reserve. Stop and enjoy the views at the picnic tables that dot the waterfront before you reach Aschach's frescoed waterfront. Catch the Linz ferry, or follow the towpath through reed marshes to Ottensheim beach for a swim. Hop on the train here and in no time you'll arrive at your hotel, an ancient convent, in Linz's extravagant town square.

    Cycling disctance either 27km/17mi or 46km/29mi

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    At Linz

    The route leads you away from the Danube to 12th Century Enns. Austria's oldest city, before returning to the Danube and your overnight stop in the beautiful little village of Ardagger.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Linz to Melk

    Explore the small baroque town of Grein before cycling through the fertile Danube Valley for a lunch stop in Ybbs, home to a quirky collection of penny-farthings bicycles. The hilltop twin towers of Maria Taferl appear and Melk's monastery looms high above as you pedal towards Margaret Ebner's welcoming family hotel in Melk.

    Cycling distance either 27km/17mi or 46km/29mi

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    At Melk

    Melk's massive Benedictine monastery was rebuilt in 1683 and the interior abbey is as breathtaking as the countryside views from the rooftop terrace. For a day trip, cycle to Schloss Schallaburg (8km return), one of the finest Renaissance castles north of the Alps, where you can stroll in the magnificent rose gardens and enjoy acclaimed cultural exhibitions. After dinner, enjoy wandering Melk's atmospheric cobbled streets.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Melk to Krems

    Today you coast along the UNESCO Wachau Valley, a necklace of villages and vineyards, anchored by pretty churches along the north bank. Each is charming, especially Durnstein where Richard the Lionheart was held for ransom in the craggy hilltop castle. Admire the statuette, Venus of Willendorf, dating back to 23,000BC, before arriving in Krems for a splash in the pool, and candlelit dinner on the terrace overlooking the valley.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    At Krems

    Krems has one of the most beautiful historic centres in Europe and is packed with interest, from the Wine Museum housed in a restored Dominican monastery to the 13th century abbey that exhibits paintings of Martin Johann Schmidt. You can cycle out to Schloss Grafenegg (14km away), a gargoyle-encrusted Gothic castle set in 85 acres of parkland, perfect for picnics, or just relax in the fabulous hotel spa and pool.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 9

    Krems to Tulln

    Freewheel down river to Tulln, known as the 'Town of Roses'. Pop into the Roman museum which is packed with artefacts, and dine out tonight amid the fountains, statues and ornate buildings that crowd the pretty centre before returning to your waterfront hotel.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Tulln to Vienna

    Coast along the last stretch and relax over lunch in imperial Klosterneuburg. Then cycle along Danube Island before continuing to your hotel, right in the heart of the city. Enjoy dinner out in Vienna's lively centre which is breathtakingly floodlit at night!

    Cycling distance either 22km/13.5mi or 41km/26mi

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Leave Vienna

    Leave Vienna

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Germany

There are no specific health risks.

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included

Weather

Is this trip for you?

Classification: Self-Guided

Much of the cycling is on the old river towpath which is now lovely, flat and surfaced; previously up to 60 horses strained to drag heavy cargo boats upstream against the powerful current! Today, dozens of farms and cafes offer waterfront lunch stops as you cycle between sun-baked villages and wayside stalls piled high with apples, peaches and plums. Most cycling days are completely flexible, as local boat and train services are excellent, cheap and cater brilliantly to cyclists.

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for private group trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

Our hotels are all individually charming with those at Passau, Schlogen and Tulln on the riverbank, and range from a quirky, 15th century convent in Linz, to magnificent 4-star luxury in Krems, with two pools and a world-class spa! We have included two nights in Linz, Melk and Krems to allow time to explore at leisure. It's easy to add nights before or after the tour to enjoy time in Passau and Vienna.

Call for general departures:
1 800 267 3347
Call for private group trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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